Thanks to a tip from Lenore, it’s been brought to our attention that on May 25th, Yuki of rice fame and shi-no from Gram∞Maria will be meeting fans in Poland! The two are off to vacation in Europe, and while they’re there, they’ll be hosting a karaoke and meet in Warsaw. The venue is pub Boom Boom Boom and the event is set to begin at 8 pm. There’s no entry fee, so it sounds like a wonderful opportunity for fans in the area to meet a couple of talented guys from the VK scene!
Source: Lenore, Ukiyo-e
Rumors were circulating throughout April following an information leak via the band CELL, over who would be attending Anime Expo –Overnight, that speculation was overshadowed upon the revelation of just who would be attending. It’s been announced that both Kaya and Moon Stream will be performing as Guests of Honor!
Pre-registration for the convention has been going on since the beginning of the year, and various packages are available. For a four day pass, it’ll cost you $65, and a two day ticket will run $55. One-day and exhibit hall only passes will become available on June first. Also on that date, the prices for tickets will increase, so pre-register now! An additional ticket may be required to attend the concert, so we’ll keep you updated if anything changes.
After not having a major rock guest last year, this will certainly make up for it! Are any of our readers planning on attending the convention? Before you let us know, check out Kaya’s comment video for the convention!
As a final note, we are still under the definite impression that CELL will be in attendance at the convention, though not confirmed by the convention staff as of yet. But the band are making sure that fans are aware that they will be attending, even printing it out on their most recent flyers! In any case, this will be their first overseas appearance together. Are you looking forward to seeing them as well?
Source: Anime Expo Website
Just after wrapping up their first one-man as their alter-ego, Chi to Houtai, CELL has some pretty exciting news for fans — though it doesn’t seem to be coming through official channels just yet. However, guitarist SIN, who started his own Facebook account last week, has been dangling some pretty hefty teasers at his followers:
Good work at the April 13th “Chi to Houtai” independent live (￣^￣)ゞ
And in July
CELL has a live in L.A!!
I’m looking forward to Anime Expo in L.A in July~♪( ´▽｀)
There are no other mentions of an appearance on members’ blogs, Twitters, or official channels such as the OHP, mobile portal, or even Anime Expo’s website. However, we’re keeping our fingers crossed that SIN’s not just pulling our legs.
If not, this will be CELL’s first overseas appearance.
Original posts in Japanese; translated by Ku
Source: SIN’s Facebook
I bet European fans will be happy about this! For fans of PLUNKLOCK, you’ll be able to see them for a second time on their next European tour!
PLUNKLOCK “Justart Episode 1″
05.03 Hot Dog’s Bar (Moscow, Russia)
05.04 Buffet club (Yaroslavl, Russia)
05.05 BarCode (St. Petersburg, Russia)
05.09 Gloria (Helsinki, Finland)
05.10 Aera (Vienna, Austria)
05.11 Huset (Huddinge, Sweden) with Overworld
05.12 Klub Progresja (Warsaw, Poland) with RoseMist
05.14 Blue Note (Poznan, Poland)
05.15 MATRIX (Prague, Czech Republic)
05.16 Garage Deluxe (Munich, Germany)
05.17 Bar Live 301 (Roubaix, France) with CALMANDO QUAL
05.18 Werkstatt (Cologne, Germany) with CALMANDO QUAL
05.19 Spiegelbar (Utrecht, Netherlands) with CALMANDO QUAL
Source: Kanzen Music Homepage
I bet you weren’t ready for this one!
the GazettE WORLD TOUR 2013
09.06 Jose Cuervo Salon (Mexico City, Mexico)
09.08 Teatro Caupolican (Santiago, Chile)
09.11 Teatro Vorterix (Buenos Aires, Argentina)
09.14 A Seringueira (Sao Paulo, Brazil)
09.20 Le Trianon (Paris, France)
09.22 Le Phare (Toulouse, France)
09.25 FZW (Dortmund, Germany)
09.27 Muffathalle (Munich, Germany)
09.29 The Circus (Helsinki, Finland)
More information is scheduled to be released about the lives soon. Dates and venues may change without warning, so keep updated by visiting their Facebook or checking out their OHP! Are you guys ready to see them live?
It’s the news DEATHGAZE fans have been waiting for! A few days ago, they announced they would be revealing their European tour dates on the 23rd — that day is today!
2013 EU-JAPAN TOUR “THE END OF LAST DECADE” -EU SIDE-
07.06 La Boule Noire (Paris, France)
07.07 the Underworld (London, England)
07.09 Werkstatt (Cologne, Germany)
07.10 Knust (Hamburg, Germany)
07.12 Firlej (Wroclaw, Poland)
07.13 Szene Wien (Wien, Austria)
07.15 Feierwerk (Munich, Germany)
07.17 Plan B (Moscow, Russia)
Also they’ll be making an additional appearance outside of the tour, at Rock for People Festival at Hradec Kralove, Czech Republic. Their performance will take place on July fourth. For more on the festival and other bands attending, check out their website here.
Are our European readers excited? Are you planning on attending any of the shows?
We’ve already told you that Dir En Grey will be in the UK on June 14 for the “DOWNLOAD Festival”, and in Austria on the 16th of the same month for “NOVA ROCK” but now, Dir en Grey have announced two additional tour dates in Europe! Take a look at the update:
6/11 (Tue.): TOUR2013 TABULA RASA
Venue/Location: LA CIGALE/ Paris, France
6/13 (Thu.): TOUR2013 TABULA RASA
Venue/Location: LIVE MUSIC HALL/ Cologne, Germany
6/14 (Fri.): DOWNLOAD Festival
Venue/Location: Donington Park/ Derby, UK
6/16 (Sun.): NOVA ROCK
Venue/Location: Pannonia Fields II/ Nickelsdorf, Austria
Looks like DIR EN GREY is going to be busy with traveling all over the place in June! Will you be seeing them in Europe?
Big news from ダウト (D=OUT) toady! Not only will they be releasing a new single in June, they’ve announced a full Asia tour at the same time!
Now D=OUT decide to host the Asian Tour this year again!
It’s undoubtedly that the total 8 performances top in scale and round ever.
After the performances in Seoul three years ago and Hong Kong last year,
we are going to have shows in Taichung, Beijing, Hangzhou and Shenzhen
for the fisrt time in reponse to your hope!
Also, we are bringing ONE MAN LIVE to Seoul and Hong Kong again this time!
Attention,we are informing you this is also the first time
ever in the history of Visual Kei here,the unprecedented Macau Live Tour!
The TOUR FINAL will be held in Legacy Taipei.
Anyway, this is a Tour for D=OUT to say”I LOVE YOU”to Asian Fans!
Please let’s see your hands in the shows and reply “I LOVE YOU” loudly to D=OUT!
Doesn’t that sound exciting? There will be eight stops for the tour, and ticket sale information will be announced soon. For now, let’s see where they’ll be attending!
D=OUT -I LOVE YOU Tour 2013-「Asia Disco」
06.12 Taichung TADA ARK (Taiwan)
06.14 Seoul SangSangMaDang (South Korea)
06.15 Beijing YU GONG YI SHAN (China)
06.16 Hangzhou 9-Club (China)
06.19 Shenzhen B10 Club W.O.D (China)
06.21 Hongkong Music Zone @E-Max (China)
06.22 Macau LMA (China)
06.23 Taipei Legacy Taipei (Taiwan)
Are any of you planning on attending? Before we finish, they’ve also announced a brand new single on June 26th! We’ll keep you updated with both events as more becomes available.
Well, this is certainly big news! Announced earlier in February and today, Anime North, a fan-run convention in Toronto, Canada, will be hosting two bands, sponsored by JRock North Promotions. Umbrella and アヲイ (Awoi) will both be performing at the convention!
Pre-registration is still open through their website, and a weekend pass will cost you $50, or $45 for Saturday only. Due to an attendance cap, it’s best to get your passes while you still can! And with these two in attendance, you know they’ll go fast. Walk in tickets will be a bit pricer, with a weekend past running $60, and Saturday being $45.
Don’t miss this chance to see both of them in their first overseas performances! Are any of our readers planning on attending? Let us know in the comments! But before that, check our Umbrella’s comment for the convention! If AWOI uploads a video also, we’ll update this post.
Good news for French and German V-kei fans today! The new and upcoming band AMARANYX announced recently that they have been invited to France and Germany for three special lives! Though there isn’t much time until they perform (their concerts start on March 1st) there is still plenty of time to grab some tickets.
AMARANYX will be performing at two conventions and a special Club-Only One Man. In addition, there will be special sessions after the lives for European fans to meet and greet with the bands. Information has been listed below along with other information regarding the lives!
2013.3.1 Marseilles Parc de Chanot (France) /
Japan Expo Sud 2013
Venue: Japan Expo Sud (Parc de Chanot)
Homepage & Tickets
～AMARANYX【 Japan Expo Sud 】Performance Details～
Q&A Panel (1 Hour)
Sign Session (1 Hour)
A signing, handshake and picture taking session will take place after the concert
2013.3.3 Hamburg Museum für Völkerkunde (Germany)
Venue: Museum für Völkerkunde
Homepage & Tickets (Regular)
Fans should use this opportunity to grab AMARANYX’s newest maxi-single, “Sumiyukii” which dropped on February 5th. It includes 4 tracks and includes a special DVD with their newest PV and Making-Of footage.
Big news from DEATHGAZE today!
So far though, the Japan leg of their tour 「THE END OF LAST DECADE」has been set. Each live will cost ￥3500 to attend, and general sale tickets will go on sale on April 13th. Fanclub presale will begin March 9th and run until March 23rd.
10th ANNIVERSARY 2013 EU-JAPAN TOUR 「THE END OF LAST DECADE」
07.28 Nagoya BOTTOM LINE
08.03 Chiba Kashiwa PALOOZA
08.04 Yokohama BAYSIS
08.10 Sapporo KRAPS HALL
08.11 Sapporo KRAPS HALL
08.18 Sendai MACANA
08.24 Okayama IMAGE
08.25 Fukuoka DRUM SON
09.07 OSAKA MUSE
09.08 Mito VARIT.
09.23 Shibuya WWW
We’ll keep you updated as more is released!
DIR EN GREY updated their OHP and Facebook with an exciting announcement yesterday!
The band will be performing in the popular “DOWNLOAD Festival,” taking place at Donington Park in Derby, UK. Day tickets do not go on sale until around March or April, but you can check out what kinds of packages are available right now at the festival’s OHP.
DIR EN GREY will perform on Friday, June 14th.
UK fans, don’t miss your chance to see them!
Visual Kei fans in the US have some good news today! Animazement announced a short while ago that Uchuu Sentai Noiz will be returning for the second time and performing at their anime convention this coming May 24th-26th in Raleigh, North Carolina. The convention posted the following on its website:
Five warriors came from far distant universe in order to protect the peace of the Earth. Referred live as patrol and tour as a peacekeeping patrol.
The planet is caught up in the swirl of excitement with love and laughter. The universe’s most powerful live band will be here, Do not miss the ultimate entertainment!
Angel Voice (Vo)ANGEL-TAKA
Neo Eccentric Guitar (G)呼太郎
Hyper Sonic Guitar (G)MASATO
Super Viberator (B)叫
Machinegun Beat Grappler (Dr)YAMATO
Pre-registration is open until April 26th, with a full weekend pass costing $55 (plus taxes) so make sure to get your pass soon!
About Animazement: Animazement is an all-volunteer, fan-run anime convention in Raleigh, NC, celebrating popular Japanese culture in all of its forms.
Belated but unfortunate news for OROCHI fans. The band announced back in December that guitarist Yukimura would be leaving the band.
【An important announcement to everyone from OROCHI】
Thank you very much for always supporting OROCHI.
Today we have an important announcement for everyone.
After the oneman live held in Takadanobaba AREA on January 17th 2013, our guitarist Yukimura is going to retire from OROCHI.
Until the oneman, Ushiwaka, Yukimura and Shin are doing their very best, so please even from now treat OROCHI well.
~December 20th 2012
translation by chiva
This doesn’t seem to be putting a damper on activities for the band, as they will continue on with their upcoming European Tour, with sources from the venues stating that Yukimura will be in attendance. It doesn’t seem that all information has been finalized with certain livehouses, but the information available on OROCHI’s website is below.
8-9 March: Brussels, Made in Asia EXPO
10 March: Cologne, Germany
15 March, Roubaix, France, Bar Live 301
16 March, Den Haag, Netherlands, 330Live
28 + 29 March: Ukraine
31 March: Lausanne, Switzerland
When we have more information we will make it available!
In addition, Yukimura has created a new Ameblo and is starting a new band. More information will be available soon.
L’Arc~en~Ciel has struck again!
Last year, the band toured 10 countries in their WORLD TOUR 2012, ending at the Japanese National Stadium for their final show. That show has been recorded and will become a live DVD!
So, what’s so special about this live DVD?
Well, it’s going to be released in 13 (no, that’s not a typo) versions! 2 of them are Blu-Ray, and the other 11 are DVDs. Why 10, though? One for each country, of course (and a regular edition)!
All versions go on sale March 20th, 2013!
「20th L’Anniversary WORLD TOUR 2012 THE FINAL LIVE at 国立競技場」
First-Press Limited Edition – ￥11,970
-includes live footage, photo book, and “WORLD’S BEST SELECTION” CD from overseas tour
Regular Edition – ￥9,240
*Each country-specific version contains a Tour Final photo book, a country-specific photo book, and “WORLD’S BEST SELECTION” CD
First-press edition + Bangkok Live CD – ￥11,970
First-press edition + Hong Kong Live CD – ￥11,970
First-press edition + Shanghai Live CD – ￥11,970
First-press edition + Taipei Live CD – ￥11,970
First-press edition + London Live CD – ￥11,970
First-press edition + Paris Live CD – ￥11,970
First-press edition + Singapore Live CD – ￥11,970
First-press edition + Jakarta Live CD – ￥11,970
First-press edition + Seoul Live CD – ￥11,970
First-press edition + Honolulu Live CD – ￥11,970
Regular edition – ￥7,980
For a limited time, a promotional CM is available on YouTube. Check it out below:
Which version will you purchase? (More importantly, who will be dedicated enough to buy ALL of them!?)
We will update on pre-order links ASAP!
China’s first visual rock band are making a full-scale comeback this year, starting with their international debut single, “Pretty but Evil,” digitally released January 4, 2013. A rewritten English version of the single will be released this March, followed by a Japanese version. Silver Ash intends to become a fully international band, offering songs in English, Chinese, and Japanese, with big goals of conquering stages all around the globe.
Formed in the year 2000 in Beijing, China, Silver Ash pioneered China’s rock industry as China’s first visual rock band. With their unique sound and image inspired by Japanese visual kei, Silver Ash quickly gained an impressive following in Asia and broke release records that were previously unthought of in China.
Unfortunately they were stopped in their tracks in 2003 when extreme censorship by the Chinese government led to stalled record sales, cancellation US Tours, music festivals, and even music video play. But Silver Ash would not be defeated– until now they’ve performed in China as the guest of honor for Japanese rock bands La’Cryma Christi, Rice, and Gram∞Maria, and intend to keep moving forward on the international stage throughout this year.
You can find “Pretty but Evil” on Bandcamp at http://silverash.bandcamp.com
More information on Silver Ash can be found at http://www.silverashofficial.com
In November, we briefly mentioned that THE MICRO HEAD 4N’S would be touring Europe this February! Well, it appears there’s some bad news for fans. No, the tour hasn’t been completely called off, but three shows have been cancelled.
Important news for The Micro Head 4n’s’ fans,
Due to the really low sales of tickets for a few dates of the upcoming tour, we didn’t had any other choice than to cancel the 3 last shows of the tour.
The shows of MILAN, LONDON and PARIS are CANCELLED.
The whole tour could have been cancelled, but we think that it would have been unfair for the numerous fans in the other countries, who would have been penalized.
Plus the band really wants to meet their fans all over the world, so we are counting on you to welcome and support them the best you can.
For any informations about the reimbursement of tickets, please contact :firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you for your understanding,
Currently, there are seven stops on their tour, so you’ll still be able to see them in several countries! The current lineup for the latest leg of their tour「THE WORLD of LIGHTS 2013」 can be seen here, as we haven’t mentioned it before.
02.16 Moscow, Russia @ Milk
02.17 Helsinki, Finland @ Gloria
02.19 Hamburg, Germany @ Logo
02.22 Berlin, Germany @ Crystal Club
02.23 Wroclaw, Poland @ Firlej
02.24 Cologne, Germany @ MTC
02.26 Munich, Germany @ Feierwek
Participation in Russia’s greatest domestic rock festival, “KUBANA Festival,” with gatherings of about 15,000 people, has been decided!
Twitter blew up this afternoon when this message was posted regarding the GazettE’s first overseas appearance since 2007 and their first performance ever in Russia. Launched in 2009, the KUBANA festival has showcased some renowned international acts across the spectrum of rock music. Last year, Miyavi participated among a crowd of top-selling artists.
The 2013 lineup is quite robust as well. Take a look for yourself:
Guano Apes (Germany)
Enter Shikari (UK)
The Subways (UK)
the GazettE (Japan)
Bullet For My Valentine (UK)
Flogging Molly (USA)
Die Artze (Germany)
Electric Six (USA)
Banda Bassotti (Italy)
Streetlight Manifesto (USA)
Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra (Japan)
It’s a pretty knockout lineup and it sounds like the GazettE will fit right in!
The event takes place August 1-7, 2013, but it doesn’t seem like a schedule has been released yet.
KUBANA will be held in Anapa, a small city on the coast of the Black Sea — in the southwest part of the country. (For the curious, there’s a Google Map embedded on the festival’s OHP.)
The tickets are not yet on sale, either, but details are available:
AMIGO Pass – 8000RUB ($266 USD / €196 EU)
7-day event pass.
VIVA Pass – 9000RUB ($300 USD / €220 EU)
7-day pass plus camping services (tent plot, showers, campsite entry).
LIBRE Pass – 12000RUB ($400 USD / €294 EU)
7-day pass plus camping services, plus separate entry area for concert zones, access to stage-view restaurants, and VIP camping service.
Parking ticket – 3000RUB ($100 USD / €73 EU)
7-day in-out parking privileges.
The KUBANA website mentions that the band has had numerous overseas offers recently, and with hints dropped from the band itself over the past couple of months, this may just be the tip of the iceberg. We’ll keep on the lookout for overseas dates!
Source: Twitter, KUBANA
Very exciting news for US fans! 10 years ago, T. M. Revolution performed at Otakon and this year he will be attending again to celebrate Otakon’s 20th anniversary! Otakon 2013 is from August 9th-11th, and T. M. Revolution will be performing Saturday night. And to add to the excitement…T. M. Revolution “will not be alone!” He will be performing with another mystery musical guest. The guest will probably be revealed as the convention date approaches! Check out his official FB page for a video!
So, any of you excited for Otakon? And any guesses to what T. M. R. x ??? will be? A lot of fans are mentioning an artist (who isn’t part of the Vkei-scene) named Daisuke Asakura!
Source: Official FB, Otakon page
Good news to fans in France–Kanon Wakeshima will make an appearance at Japan Expo Sud in Marseilles, France! The Expo is from March 1st to March 3rd, and in those three days, Kanon will be performing twice on stage! In addition, she will be showcasing her illustrations, participating in a talk show, and also hold a design and autographing session.
Please visit the expo site here to see more details, and get tickets if this post has suddenly given you a reason to attend the expo!
Source: Kanon Wakeshima’s offical FB, OHP